February 22nd- February 26th

LVCS Mission:

We will educate K - 8 students by fostering the development of each child’s analytical ability, social skills and creativity.

This Week:

2/22- Coffee with the Board President & Yard Supervisor Meeting 1:20PM

2/24 MS Leadership Assembly 2PM

2/25-26 ELD Committee

2/26 Bingo for Books 6PM, Early Release & Afternoon PD- An agenda will be emailed out this week.

Meeting Agenda:

1:20pm: C, C, C Posters, Review Agenda. Determine time keeper and minute taker.

1:30PM: Playworks

1:35PM: Sandbox

1:45PM: Gate Procedures

1:55PM: Student Management

2:30PM: LVJUSD Letters of Violation

2:35PM: Quick Whip

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We will be trying a new top gate procedure beginning Monday.

After valet we will be closing the gate closest to the library. The outside lane gate will remain open.

We will move the stop sign to the gate (we will be ordering another so we can have one in both spots)

The yard supervisor will stop each car before they enter the gate. We will move the chair to the gate area.

We will not stop the cars at TK or K valet.

We will open both gates at 2:15PM.

*We will discuss this new procedure at our meeting tomorrow.

Up your game!

How to stay in control with a young defiant student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaCfYnb_49Y

How to deal with an angry student:

How to avoid power struggles with non directive cues:


You should have received an email titled Revised Bios -

Please review your bio on the website and make any edits or changes by Friday 2/26. Please add your revised bio to the google doc titled REVISED BIOS.

If you are fine with your bio the way it is, please cut and paste it into the google doc. Everyone should do this - Teachers, Office staff, Yard Supervisors, Paras, Custodial, IT etc.

Publishing Party in Mrs. Silveira's Class

Parent Math Night on March 7th

We have invited April Cherrington, one of the SVMI presenters who worked with us this summer, to come out and do a Parent Night at our school. She will be presenting to our parent community about common core math, detracking mathematics, and changes in the way we are teaching our students to think about math. The Parent Math Night will be on March 7th from 6:00 to 7:30PM. We will be sending information out to the parent community about the event this week. It will be an informative and fun event!

Re-engagement Lesson in Mrs. Burke's class

Candy Bar Fraction Situation in Mrs. Johnson's class

CAASPP: 10 Weeks until State Testing!

These test blueprints provide information about the number of items, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target.

ELA: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ELA_Blueprint.pdf

MATH: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mathematics_Blueprint.pdf

Practice before the test! CAASPP Practice and Training Tests:

•Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests


Parent Bullying

Our staff has seen a sharp rise in "Bully Parent" issues over the past few years.

With the increase of email communication, social network interaction and the ever-present nature of parking lot gossip, feelings of personal affront can be taken to the masses with ease and quickly become libelous if left unchecked.

The LVCS staff give their email address to parents in an effort to open the lines of communication and our 6th-8th grade teachers post grades online every two weeks. For the concerned, engaged parent without much time, this is a godsend. However, for the parent bully24/7 communication channels offer an environment ripe for harassment.

Some of our teachers are contacted by bully parents multiple times daily, subject to continual unannounced visits and expected to treat thebully parent’s child with extra care in order to better reflect the success that the parent expects. A bully parent will not see grading flaws as her child’s, but as the teacher’s. The bully parent will question the teacher’s curriculum and assignment choices, grading technique and qualifications. He may complete his child’s homework himself and expect the teacher to accept the submission as the child’s own, all in an effort to elevate his child above the rest of the class. The bully parent vents their concerns on social media. The bully parent gossips and riles up other parents.

Some of the most disturbing examples of abuse from LVCS parents include:

-Parent slamming fist on table, swearing at the teacher and leaving a conference because they did not agree with the report card.
-Venting on Facebook about individual teachers including, a teacher called ‘dangerous’, by a mother incorrectly claiming that the teacher had ‘tried to kill her daughter’ by making her do PE without an inhaler.
- Receiving anonymous mail that reads, "You deserve a F-"
-Threats that they will go to the media if staff does not meet parent demands.
-A teacher being told by a volunteer parent, "I will not be micromanaged by someone younger than me"
-83 (multiple page emails) from the same parent in 90 days.

- A parent signing email correspondence by suggesting administration have the police on stand by and typing "do not f@*k with me".

As educators, we walk a fine line between surrogate parent and authority figure, professional and employee. Because we are paid for our duties, there is an expectation of service and results, and this attitude is exacerbated in charter schools. But really any taxpayer these days has a stake in the public school system, and most have no problem asserting it. In addition, the nature of education as a graded system, puts us straddling a line between the different realities of entitlement and achievement.

With special needs students, their additional requirements, though ensured through the Individuals with Disabilities Act and their IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) still set them apart. A parent who struggles with the reality of the challenges presented by a special needs child may find that lashing out at those supposed to help “normalize” this child, is her only recourse for the endless frustrations that parenting that child can create. Also, the atmosphere of parent-as-advocate within the special needs community can be taken to the extreme in the wrong hands.

No matter the circumstances or justification that a parent bully has for his or her actions, the fact that this behavior can continue to occur outside of school through online channels increases the stress on the staff. The attitude of the parent bully contributes to the staff's dissatisfaction with his/her job, affects the rest of the class, and, ultimately, short changes the child whom the parent bully was trying to protect because it steals away reality by sheltering him.

According to a new study, 1:3 teachers has been bullied by parents throughout the US.

We have been quietly addressing the "bully parents" individually and work closely with Derek to ensure we are protecting our staff.

I will be taking a stronger stance on the "parent bully" and will be revoking parent volunteer privileges of parents that treat our staff disrespectfully.

The vast majority of our parents are incredibly supportive and respectful. This small pocket of bully parents is not reflective of our parent community, and requires a disproportionate amount of administrative attention.

At LVCS we firmly believe in healthy two way communication and feel strongly that parents should have voice in our school. We rely on parent feedback to help improve our school- we just ask that it be professional, respectful and through the proper channels.

Our passion for providing families choice in education is every bit as strong as when we opened our doors ten years ago. And it is solely due to the energy and dedication of our stakeholders. The secret to our success is the collaboration of our educators partnering with our Dragon families to create something amazing.

If you receive a communication that is disrespectful, demanding or is otherwise considered a "nasty-gram", please involve administration immediately. If a facebook post paints our school in a negative light and/or specifically names a staff member, please screen shot it and inform the administration immediately.


Students are allowed to have balloons at school for their birthdays. Please ask the students to keep their balloons in the back of the room so they aren't a distraction.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures


CLASSROOM EMERGENCY KITS: You should have a clip board with multiple copies of your roster for all of your classes and a pen/pencil. You should also have a large cylinder in your room that has emergency provisions, first aid and a bright colored vest. PLEASE MOVE THESE LARGE EMERGENCY KITS NEXT TO YOUR DOOR. In the case of an emergency, they need to be easily accessible.

Fire/Evacuation Drills: Please put multiple copies of your class roster and a pen in your emergency kit. In the event of a drill or emergency, please evacuate your class. PUT YOUR BRIGHT COLORED VEST ON WHILE EXITING (it is located inside your emergency kit) Students should evacuate silently LEAVING DOORS UNLOCKED and line up (see map).YOU DO NOT NEED TO CARRY YOUR LARGE EMERGENCY CYLINDER OUT DURING A DRILL! YOU DO NEED TO TAKE THE VEST OUT AND WEAR IT.

Teacher should then take attendance, Teacher will then hold up:

Fist: ALL HERE (if a child was marked absent that morning, and you have the other 19, you still hold up a fist)

1 Finger: A child is missing because they went to the restroom or speech etc.

2 Fingers: A child is missing and you do not know where they are.

Earthquake Drills: Lights off, blinds closed, doors closed, students under desk in kneeling position heads down. Hands over neck, face down. Teachers either under their desk or in doorway. Only evacuate if directed to by main office.


1. Keep students in classrooms pending further instructions.

2. Secure and lock all doors

3. Close all windows and close shades

4. Account for all students – call the office if you have children from other classrooms in your room.

5. Do not allow anyone to leave the secure room until ALL CLEAR message is received.

6. Students should take their seats and lessons can continue.

7. Passing periods and lunch should be disregarded until SHELTER IN PLACE has concluded.

If outside:

1. Move indoors

SHELTER IN PLACE DURING MORNING DROP OFF : The procedures will be the same as above AND WE WILL:




Rachel & Jessica for rocking the 2016 lottery!

Jackie - Coordinating pictures for the website and working on the MAC test upload

Tessa - Subbing

Erin, Gabby, Emily, Claudia, Amy, Heidi, DZ - Flexible with space

Everyone that came to Teacher Voice

Thank you to Kate Brunicardi! Kate has decided to stay home and take care of Baby Macy full time. We wish her the very best!

Save The Dates


3/1 STEAM/PBL/Blended Committee 5 -8 Teachers 1:30 - 2:30PM K - 4 Teachers 12:00 - 1:30

3/1 Council

3/2 Magic of Math Assembly

3/3- Middle School RTI Check In

3/3 School Wide Write Committee

3/7-Common Core Math Night for Parents 6:00pm

3/9 - Livermore Choral Festival (LVCS & LVCP) @ Shrine Event Center(?) 6:30pm

3/9 - RTI Math Check In

3/10 - RTI Reading Check In

3/15-16 ELD Committee

3/16-18 Spring Conferences

3/16 Dragon Assembly 8:30 (TK - 5)

3/17 Spirit Day - St. Patrick's Day

3/21 Collaboration Grade 8 (8 - 11) Grade 7 (12 -2:45)

3/24 Collaboration Grade 6 (8-11:00) Grade 5 (12-2:45)

3/22 Collaboration Grade 2 (8:15 - 11:30) Grade 3 (11:30-2:55)

3/23 Collaboration Grade 1 (8:15 - 11:30) Grade 4 (11:30 - 2:55)

3/25 Collaboration Grade K (8:15 - 11:30)

3/25 Perfect Attendance 8:30AM

3/25 Student Birthday Celebration K 11:45AM, 1-8 2:30PM

3/30 Full School Leadership Assembly 2PM

4/1 Film Festival


4/4-8 Spring Break

4/11 GLL

4/12 STEAM/PBL/Blended Committee 5 - 8 Teachers 1:30 - 2:30PM K - 4 Teachers 12:00 - 1:30

4/12 Council

4/12 Dragon Assembly 8:30AM (TK - 5)

Spirit Day -

4/14 PBIS (8:30 - 11:30)

4/14 School Wide Writing Committee Results/Reflection (11:30 - 2:30)

4/15 Student Birthday Celebration K 11:45AM, 1-8 2:30PM

4/18-22 Malakoff Diggins Trip

4/22 Early Release & Afternoon PD

4/30-5/3 Disneyland Music Trip

4/27 MS Leadership Assembly 2PM


5/3 Council

5/3 STEAM/PBL/Blended Committee 5 - 8 Teachers 1:30 - 2:30PM K - 4 Teachers 12:00 - 1:30

Spring Music Concert

5/13 Bocce tournament

Music concert for Elementary grades

5/13 Student Birthday Celebration K 11:45AM, 1-8 2:30PM

Spirit Day -

5/17-18 Spring Musical

5/20 School Performance of the musical 8:15 (K, 5th - 8th) 12:45 (1 - 4)

5/22 Junior Olympics

5/24 Spring Music Concert


5/25 Open House/Science Expo

5/25 Dragon Assembly 8:30AM (TK - 5)

5/31 LVCP Theatrical Presentation 1:15PM


6/2 Dragon Assembly 8;30AM (TK - 5)

6/2 Perfect Attendance ALL YEAR celebration

6/8 Volunteer Tea

6/10 June & July Student Birthday Celebration K 11:45AM, 1-8 2:30PM

6/14 – 8th Grade vs. Staff Dodge Ball Game

6/15 - Promotion 5pm

6/16 - Kinder Celebration 10AM

6/16 - Last Day of School – Early Release